Australia. The land of sun, nature and endless stretches of surf beach. The very fact that the entire country is surrounded by ocean, reef and thousands of islands makes for a pretty epic backpacking destination. Travelling inland from the sea will have you stumble upon National Parks, Rainforests and the mighty Outback. The weather is great for most months of the year and getting around as a traveller is easy. There's a little something for every kind of backpacker, from parties to secluded beaches, from unique animals to endless swimming spots and of course, the laidback locals. Here's a few reasons why we think Australia is BEST backpacking destination in the world.

40 Reasons to Visit Australia

1. The very existence of Goon ensures that you can drink every single day and still keep within your budget.

2. There are 11,000 beaches to choose from!

3. You have over 500 National Parks in Australia to explore.

4. You can Snorkel or Scuba Dive in the world's largest living organism - the Great Barrier Reef.

5. And snorkel alongside the gigantic Whale Sharks in Ningaloo Reef.

6. Or the playful Sea Lions in Port Lincoln.

7. It is home to Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsunday Islands, which is continuously voted in the Top 10 World's Best Beaches lists.

Whitehaven Beach Whitsundays


8. You can climb the highest rock in the world in Western Australia - Mt Augustus.

9. You can eat Avocados every day, with almost everything and not get frowned upon.

10. You can drink everyday of the week, at anytime of the day and not get frowned upon.

11. You can eat the country's national emblems and not get frowned upon - the Emu & Kangaroo.

12. Each State has a unique landscape.

The Pinnacles in WA - a unique landscape

By Ruth Ellison from Canberra, Australia (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

13. Even if you travelled the entire length of Australia's East Coast, you still have the entire Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania to explore.

14. You can find $4.95 Dominos pizza in most parts of Australia.

15. Australia's major cities have some of the best Rooftop and Outdoor Beer Gardens in the world.

16. If you were to visit a new Australian beach every day - it would take you 27 years to see them all.

17. Don't forget to visit Hyam's Beach in NSW - with the world's whitest sand.

18. Although boring, you can visit the world's oldest living organism in Western Australia - the Stromatolites.

19. And did you know that Western Australia has a bright Pink Lake?

Pink Lake Port Gregory WA

By Jebayventures (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

20. You can get a selfie with some of the strangest and unique animals in the world - the Kangaroo, Emu, Koala, Echidna, Quokka and the Platypus - just to name a few!

21. & You can visit Australia's BIG Things - the BIG Banana, the BIG Koala, the BIG Bogan - the list goes on!

22. You can wear Thongs "flip flops" in the northern parts of Australia almost all year round.

23. Vegemite.

24. Tim Tams.

25. Pavlova.

26. Did we mention Goon?

27. Australia is surrounded by 8,022 islands.

28. Including the world's largest sand island - Fraser Island.

29. There are so many unique places to see...

30. Such as a gigantic Salt Lake in the Outback - Lake Eyre.

31. And the gigantic waterfalls of Kakadu and Litchfield National Park south of Darwin.

Jim Jim Falls Kakadu National Park

By Nigel Malone (Nigel Malone) [CC BY-SA 1.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

32. And the Great Ocean Road's 12 Apostles.

33. And the Sydney Opera House.

34. And the very eerie Pinnacle Desert in Western Australia.

35. You can swim alongside Crocodiles at Darwin's Crocosaurus Cove.

36. It's the ultimate road tripping destination.

37. You can stay in the world's most liveable city - Melbourne.

38. And the world's most friendliest city - Sydney.

39. You can tick off 19 UNESCO World Heritage Listed sites.

40. And chill out in Tasmania which has the world's cleanest air.

Fancy coming to Australia?

Like this post? Please share it